Phone: (802) 324-4521
Killington VT, 2010
I will be showcasing three uses of technology that can help improve our schools:
Web-Based Learning Management System (LMS) www.edu20.org
Google forms and Google Templates for formative assessment
Dynamic and Interactive School Websites built using a Content Management System (CMS)
Welcome to our Summer Technology Workshop!
Our Detailed Agenda
(9-11) Edu20 Discussion
- Wrapping up from last year (copy, archive, and create course templates) Click here for a tutorial…
- Showcase edu20 exemplars – what’s worked, what has not…
- Discuss ways we might be able to further utilize edu20.org to increase student learning or help teacher efficiency.
Elements of great project-based lessons:
- choice when it comes to what the student will learn, at least to some degree, so the student cares about the topic
- choice when it comes to ways the student will acquire knowledge & skills
- choice when it comes to ways the student will present their acquired knowledge & skills
- some worthy real-world or authentic application of student’s acquired knowledge
- feedback from outside audience (peers, parents, co-teachers, community, etc)
- clear assessment criteria – the student knows exactly what the goal is and how they will be graded – the student should own the assessment tool and perhaps have helped to develop it
(11-2) Cool Tool Exploration (break for lunch from 12-12:30)
Workshop Steps: Our 12 Step Plan
- Log-on & Navigate the Site
- Create a Class and Enroll Students (at least yourself) & add me as a co-teacher.
- Add content using the HTML editor – First Assignment (HTML Editor) & Second Assignment (Jing Screencast)
Day Two: (1-7 = 8a-9:30a) (8 = 9:30a-10:30a) (9=10:30a-1:30 with lunch break) 1:30-4:00 = Continue workshop and specific tech requests
- Home- locker, photos, change avatar and other account settings. (quick 5 minutes)
- Learn- grades, portfolio (quick 5 minutes)
- Family – access grades and other information (quick 10 minutes)
- School – news & library & Community (quick 10 minutes)
- Create a group, use the parent/child sessions, configure admin policies, backup, archive, copy (15 minutes)
- Add at least 3 class resources. (20 minutes)
- Create a virtual office hours discussion forum, subscribe to it, configure messages to email. (25 minutes)
- Create Assignments – create fake assignments using each of the assignment types (1 hour)
- Create Lessons – create a self-paced lesson with at least three ‘gates’ using Bloom’s Taxonomy. This should be something you will use in class this year. The final presentation should be a multimedia presentation that will be assessed using the common assessment we will create as a class. (2.5 hours)
Features of NewSchoolSites.com Websites
- District-level, School-level, Department-level, and Teacher-level Pages and Blogs
- Single Column, Two-Column, or Three Column Templates
- Background Color, Header Logo, Menu, and Spotlight Image/Animation all customizable
- Fully Customizable Pages – not limited to a template
- The entire district is searchable from any page
- Integrated calendar and events listing
- Utilizes FLUID website design – meaning the site looks great regardless of the size of the screen.
- News Listings with Archive
- Announcements with auto-newsletter and RSS feed
- User log-in directly from the website
- Super easy editing of content
- Easy uploading of photos, links and documents
- Page-level permissions – allow certain people to edit certain pages
- Auto-backup of data and many, many more…
Interested in ‘flipping’ your classroom or creating a quick and easy how-to tutorial? If so, then Screencast-o-matic is the right tool for you! Click ‘Read More’ to watch a quick tutorial on how you can use Screencast-O-Matic to record your computer’s screen, audio, and even your webcam. Screencast-o-matic is easy to use, functional, and free. We cannot recommend it highly enough.
Is homework a four-letter word in your house? Do you ever wish there was less homework. Well, you’re not alone. Read more about Alfie Kohn and his take on homework.
The Truth About Homework
Needless Assignments Persist Because of Widespread Misconceptions About Learning
By Alfie Kohn
Para leer este artículo en Español, haga clic aquí.
There’s something perversely fascinating about educational policies that are clearly at odds with the available data.
Huge schools are still being built even though we know that students tend to fare better in smaller places that lend themselves to the creation of democratic caring communities. Many children who are failed by the academic status quo are forced to repeat a grade even though research shows that this is just about the worst course of action for them. Homework continues to be assigned – in ever greater quantities – despite the absence of evidence that it’s necessary or even helpful in most cases.
Click here to read the rest of the article…
How to Download Videos from Youtube and other web hosts…
You can use the Firefox Add-on – DownloadHelper
1) Open Firefox and click ‘Tools’
2) Click ‘Add-Ons’ then click ‘Get Add-ons’. In the search box, type ‘downloadhelper’ (all one word), then hit ‘Enter’
Learn how to replicate a rubirc on Google Forms, save it as a Google Template, and use it over and over again for peer assessment. The beauty of this set-up is the rich data that the student being assessed automatically receives after the particular performance.
Brain-based research has proven that multi-modal learning environments leads to greater results. And what better way of creating a multimodal learning environment then by watching a great film. Below are some sites of the sites I’ve used for finding great documentaries to use in my class.
Remember, if you find a great documentary be sure to download it to your hard drive - check out this post to find out how.